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I'll Stick With My PSP-2000, Thanks

An unsuspected screen issue takes some of the luster off of the latest PSP revision.

Remember how sleek and sexy the PSP looked when it first came out over three years ago? Lots of tech, tiny package! Over time, though, the PSP appeared to be putting on a few pounds as smaller, lither pieces of portable electronics hit the market. It started to feel a little clunky, really. And that matte plastic finish? So gauche. So I was stoked when Sony rolled out the more compact PSP-2000 late in 2007, making the thing lighter, thinner, and shinier, and improving the screen and face controls to boot.

Having just bought a 2000 earlier this year, I was understandably less stoked when Sony unveiled yet another revision just a few months later. Two new hardware versions in one year?

Turns out, I'm glad I stuck with the 2000, as a bunch of unhappy posters over at the official PlayStation forums have discovered an unpleasant issue with the new PSP-3000's brighter, more colorful screen that makes scanlines glaringly obvious on fast-moving images. User xythen put together a quick comparison image which I have stolen, below.

Better colors: worth the lines?
















Yikes. Yesterday PSP Fanboy got a response out of SCE America that the issue is here to stay.

On some occasions, scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000. Installed with this new LCD device, PSP-3000 offers more natural and vibrant colors on its screen, but the scan lines have come out to be more visible as a result of improving response time to alleviate the afterimages on PSP-3000. Since this is due to hardware specification, there are no plans for a system software update concerning this issue.

That one photo isn't exactly conclusive proof that the 3000's screen totally sucks, but you should probably get your hands on a demo unit and try it for yourself before you pick one up. The flaw doesn't seem to have stopped many consumers in Japan, 140,000 of whom are now enjoying Monster Hunter on the new PSP. But since the improved screen was the biggest selling point of the 3000 (the only other one being an integrated microphone), this might make you want to seek out one of the remaining 2000-model units before they disappear from stores completely. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

Remember how sleek and sexy the PSP looked when it first came out over three years ago? Lots of tech, tiny package! Over time, though, the PSP appeared to be putting on a few pounds as smaller, lither pieces of portable electronics hit the market. It started to feel a little clunky, really. And that matte plastic finish? So gauche. So I was stoked when Sony rolled out the more compact PSP-2000 late in 2007, making the thing lighter, thinner, and shinier, and improving the screen and face controls to boot.

Having just bought a 2000 earlier this year, I was understandably less stoked when Sony unveiled yet another revision just a few months later. Two new hardware versions in one year?

Turns out, I'm glad I stuck with the 2000, as a bunch of unhappy posters over at the official PlayStation forums have discovered an unpleasant issue with the new PSP-3000's brighter, more colorful screen that makes scanlines glaringly obvious on fast-moving images. User xythen put together a quick comparison image which I have stolen, below.

Better colors: worth the lines?
















Yikes. Yesterday PSP Fanboy got a response out of SCE America that the issue is here to stay.

On some occasions, scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000. Installed with this new LCD device, PSP-3000 offers more natural and vibrant colors on its screen, but the scan lines have come out to be more visible as a result of improving response time to alleviate the afterimages on PSP-3000. Since this is due to hardware specification, there are no plans for a system software update concerning this issue.

That one photo isn't exactly conclusive proof that the 3000's screen totally sucks, but you should probably get your hands on a demo unit and try it for yourself before you pick one up. The flaw doesn't seem to have stopped many consumers in Japan, 140,000 of whom are now enjoying Monster Hunter on the new PSP. But since the improved screen was the biggest selling point of the 3000 (the only other one being an integrated microphone), this might make you want to seek out one of the remaining 2000-model units before they disappear from stores completely.
Posted by Zuul

dont care... not getting a PSP

Posted by TEAMHOLT

Well good for you, Zuul!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Zoinks, yo!  That's pretty odd they wouldn't at least try to fix it.

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Posted by suneku

damn, I was going to upgrade to the 3000 from my fat psp... now I guess I'll have to wait and see if they fix this stuff on the 3000 or just go with the 2000

Posted by slashdotdot

I´m not interested in handheld gaming at all .
But it is nice that you put the information out there.
I would hate to play on a system the had that kind fo screen.

Posted by ppallo

I was operating a 1000 and this had just enough new shit for me to get intrested. Now this happens

Posted by Tarsier

Who would even buy a PSP? Why do people care?

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Wow that looks really bad, you'd have thought something that obvious would have come up in product testing...  I'll keep the Patapon Machine (tm) I already have thank you very much

Posted by TabooTongue

Gotta love Sony and their lack or recalls\replacements.

Posted by Kohe321

Heh I'm sticking with my psp-2000, which I regret I bought anyways. I'ts been collecting dust for a looong time now. I've just come to the conclusion that handheld gaming is not for me. If I am at home, I'd rather play PC, Xbox360 or whatever, and when I'm on the bus I'd rather just look out the window or check the internet with my phone.. :)

Posted by shoryuking

I'll keep my blue 2000 model thanks, it works like a dream.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

I don't even know why I bought a PSP in the First place

Posted by Andrwmorph

I love my launch PSP. I have at least 10 games on it at all times (Legally!). They recently added direct access to the PS store as well which makes it hella easy to get a bunch of 5-20 dollar games. I can connect remotely to my PS3 (and through the PS3 I have my media library on my PC and a 250gb external HD with videos and more on it) and access all the media on it as well as remote play a few games. Also, if you want to install custom firmware on your PSP you gain access to dozens of console emulators and other homebrew apps as well as the ability to rip UMDs to your memory stick.
/endsonycomercial
On another note:
The PSP 3000 does not work with a Pandora's battery so you can't install custom firmware on it.

Posted by BenderUnit22

Even bad lines can't distract from the awesomeness of Disgaea.

I'm very happy with my 2000 and my DSL, no interest in a PSP-3000 or a DSi

Posted by keyhunter

sorry i was busy using my iPhone... :)

Posted by Milkman

I still don't have a PSP at all. But I don't know if its even worth it anymore.

Posted by FesteringNeon

GOD I HATE VIDEO GAMES.

Posted by Karmann

Still worth it IMO because of the interlaced video out, I need that.

Posted by yellownumber5

I have a slight feeling that the 3000's only problem that it has such a crisp image that it is allowing to to see something that existed the WHOLE time, but couldn't be seen with the blurrier older screens.  I am curious if you stick a 3000 in the coldest corner of a fridge (to slow down the LCD's response time) and compared the same screen the scanlines would disappear.

Posted by Snail

I'm sticking with my 2000 then!

Posted by JesusFreak1990
Posted by dagas

Still have my PSP-1001 and it works just fine. Might be a bit heavy, but that's the only thing I can complain about.

Posted by LordAndrew

What are the advantages of this model anyway?

Posted by Player1

Really sucks. Hopefully not many people unknowably buy one. 

Posted by Afroman269

2000 was the only big and best improvement, so fuck the 3000.

Posted by Cousken

PSP?... people use that?

Posted by Lunarbunny

Looks like they interlaced the screen to make it look like it had a higher refresh rate, when really it's only refreshing half the pixels at leapfrog intervals.

Posted by Media_Master

This is where I say 'touch is good'!!!

Posted by CleverLoginName

For all those great PSP games coming out lately, right...

Posted by Meltbrain

@Zuul - If you don't care, then don't comment. Why does some someone always feel the need to leave some smartass comment? That's a bummer anyways I've got my old my old blocky PSP by my side and I've had no trouble with it.

Posted by PLWolf

Glad I kept my Blue 2000, then. Hopefully this can be resolved as I'd still like to get a 3000 at some point.

Posted by sdauz

ill stick with my psp-1000 lol - the little guy has survived for soo long

Posted by Froghourt

Man, that big beatiful screen sure can be a problem sometimes.

Posted by plik

still very happy with the original PSP (ceramic white purchased in Japan, not long after launch). i do have a couple of DSL's now, stupid colors... and waiting for the DSi

Posted by Tamz

That really sucks, I've still got the launch model PSP and was going to upgrade to the 3000, guess I'll have to try and get a 2000 before they're replaced.

Posted by Superchris129

I bet if the PSP 3000 had built in subliminal Muslim messages it would get a recall.

Posted by The_Icon

When they see how serious it is, I am sure they will fix em.

Posted by PJ

Not that i was going to buy the 3000 since i just bought a 2000, but that would make anyone not buy it. Sony should fix that pretty soon or they will miss out on alot of sales in the US and Europe. The Japaneese obviously don't care, thay just want the latest stuff.

Posted by Erdie

Yep, I agree with the article title.  2000 does me just fine.

Posted by TooWalrus

Still have the original black one, but I don't use it very much. I should probably check out what PSP games have come out lately...

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Posted by Elazul

Are you telling me that the only thing they did to it besides adding a crappy microphone, is make the screen worse? I sure hope they're not charging more for it.

Posted by SunKing

Really this is good news. Anybody who now wants to buy a PSP should just get the 2000 model off Ebay for a discount.

Posted by ferrarimanf355

Another day, another Sony screw-up...

Posted by Destroyeron

Eh I'll stick with my SP. :)

Posted by Jayge_

Look at all the people trolling the PSP. Bandwagons sure are fun.

My little brother was going to upgrade to this; I'm lucky I stopped him. He doesn't much like his Phat one though.

Posted by TomServo

The distinction here is that they used to organize the pixels in a very organized, pixel by pixel basis wherein every image and every color that the screen produces is produced more instantaneously however the colors are also limited. The new screen however utilized more of an old timey analog signal with interlacing because that produces those vibrant and bright colors. So it's a choice, and I don't regret buying a psp3000, because frankly when it comes to a mobile device I prefer more accurate colors over sharper images with faker looking colors. That said however, it's not worth 200$ for someone who already owns a psp; I am personally a first time buyer.

Posted by MasturbatingBear

I would normally reply with "im not gonna buy one of those pieces of shit anyway." but now since someone gave me his fat and I have a slim (kratos one which came in a bundle) and im playing Patapon the psp does have 4 or so good games, but im not going to buy another system. fuck you sony.

Posted by Liamguy01

I'm very much content with my PSP 2000, thank you very much. 
I see no reason to upgrade, as the so called "upgrades" only get worse.
I can enjoy everything that the PSP 3000 and PSP Go owners can, and If I feel like upgrading my memory, I spend about $60 on a new memory stick from Amazon. 
I am very glad that I stuck with my PSP 2000, even when newer things came out.